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FAQs

The Climate Change section of the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government have taken the decision to designate F-Gas Registration Ltd as a mandatory F-Gas Company Certification scheme that can issue stationary equipment qualification company certificates in the Republic of Ireland.

What do the Regulations seek to achieve?

Fluorinated gases have a high global warming effect if released into the atmosphere.

The objective of the Regulations is to contain, prevent and thereby reduce emissions of fluorinated greenhouse gases covered by the Kyoto Protocol, so as to help combat climate change.

Under the Kyoto Protocol, the European Union has committed itself to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 8% compared to the base year 1990 in the period 2008 2012.

The Kyoto Protocol covers the major greenhouse gases: carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O) and three groups of fluorinated gases, the so called ‘F-Gases’: hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs) and sulphur hexafluoride (SF6).

To reduce emissions of these F-Gases in order to meet the EU climate change objectives and obligations under the Kyoto Protocol, the European Parliament and the Council adopted on 17 May 2006 the Regulation (EC) No 842/2006 on certain fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-Gas Regulation). This Regulation which applies as of 4th July 2007, lays down specific requirements for the different stages of the whole life cycle of F-Gases, from the production to end of life. Consequently, different operators along the life cycle of the F-Gases are affected by the Regulation including producers, importers and exporters of F Gases, manufacturers and importers of certain F-Gas containing products and equipment and operators of the equipment.

Why is a mandatory certification scheme required?

Commission Regulation 303 & 304/2008 of 2 April 2008 sets out the requirements for a company certification scheme for businesses working with stationary refrigeration air-conditioning and heat pump equipment containing or designed to contain fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-Gases) and Fire sector systems and equipment in accordance with Article 5.1 of EC Regulations 842/2006 on certain fluorinated greenhouse gases (the EC F-Gas Regulation).

How will it affect my business?

All businesses carrying out installation, maintenance or servicing of stationary refrigeration and air-conditioning (SRAC) and/or heat pump equipment containing or designed to contain F-Gas refrigerants, be that as an in-house function or acting as contractors on behalf of other businesses must hold a certificate and;

All businesses carrying out installation, maintenance or servicing of stationary fire protection systems and fire extinguishers containing or designed to contain F-Gases, be that as an in-house function or acting as contractors on behalf of other businesses must hold a certificate.

What is meant by installation?

Commission Regulation 303 & 304/2008 defines installation as follows:

Stationary Refrigeration and Air Conditioning “installation” means joining two or more pieces of equipment or circuits containing or designed to contain fluorinated greenhouse gas refrigerant, with a view to assembling a system in the location where it will be operated, including the action by which refrigerant conductors of a system are joined together to complete a refrigerant circuit irrespective of the need to charge the system after assembly. Therefore if you are simply installing water piping to a chilled water or heat pump system you do not require certification, however if you are commissioning the chiller or heat pump you do require certification.

Fire sector Installation means connecting for the first time at the location in which they will be operated, one or more containers containing or designed to contain fluorinated greenhouse gas extinguishing agent with associated components, excluding those components which do not affect the containment of the extinguishing agent prior to its release for the purpose of fire extinguishing.

What is meant by maintenance or servicing?

Commission Regulation 303 & 304/2008 defines maintenance or servicing as follows:

Stationary Refrigeration and Air Conditioning “maintenance or servicing” means all activities, excluding recovery and checks for leakage, that entail breaking into the circuits containing or designed to contain fluorinated greenhouse gases, in particular supplying the system with fluorinated greenhouse gases, removing one or more pieces of circuit or equipment, re-assembling two or more pieces of circuit or equipment, as well as repairing leakages.

Fire Sector Maintenance or servicing comprises all activities that entail work on the containers (or piping) containing or designed to contain fluorinated greenhouse gas extinguishing agent or on the associated components, excluding those components which do not affect the containment of the extinguishing agent prior to its release for the purpose of fire extinguishing

Leakage checking means the examination of the system for leakage of fluorinated greenhouse gases.